FA Women’s Super League Round-up…

By Danielle Ward

Following the weekend’s fixtures, Chelsea returns to the top of the FAWSL table while Leicester City languishes at the bottom.

Arsenal 2-3 Manchester United 

Manchester United ended Arsenal’s fourteen-game winning streak following a thrilling game in front of over 40,000 at The Emirates. 

United impressed in the early stages, with Arsenal struggling to maintain possession.

There were some shaky moments for Arsenal’s number one, Manuela Zinsberger. It was eventually just one too many, and Ella Toone hit the back of the net just before half-time.

Arsenal came out strong in the second half, with Frída Maanum scoring from long range with a heavy deflection in the opening minute. 

Vivianne Miedema returned to first-team action to rapturous applause as a second-half substitute and was a key part of Arsenal’s initial comeback.

Vivianne Miedema (right) returned to first-team action for Arsenal (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

The Gunners went ahead when Laura Weinrother was on the end of an expertly delivered cross by Katie McCabe, scoring her first goal for the club in the 73rd minute.

But the game slipped from The Gunners’ grasp as they fell victim to Manchester United’s set pieces twice in the last ten minutes. 

Katie Zelem was at the heart of the action. Millie Turner on the end of her cross in the 85th minute. Then Alessia Russo put the game to bed from her corner in the 91st.

Manchester Utd manager, Marc Skinner told Sky Sports: “It was an amazing performance. I asked them before the game to show personality in these bigger games and I’ve had that in abundance tonight so I’m the happiest manager on the planet.” 

Losing at home will sting all the more, but Gunners manager Jonas Eidevall is keen to focus on what’s next for the team. 

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Unfortunately, the overriding feeling is disappointment, but we keep on going. There were things we did well today there’s things we’re disappointed with.

“It’s about keeping our heads up high and recovering.”

There were further injury worries for an already depleted Arsenal squad, with Beth Mead suffering what looked to be a serious injury late in the game and having to be substituted.

The sides are now joint-second in the table. The next league action for the teams sees Arsenal host Everton and Manchester United entertain Aston Villa at Old Trafford. 

West Ham United 1-0 Leicester City 

West Ham United and Leicester City went head-to=-head at the Chigwell Construction Stadium

It was a frustrating afternoon for both sides at the Chigwell Construction Stadium with West Ham denying Leicester City their first point of the season in the dying moments of a game covered by Yellow Sport

Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold was back between the sticks for the Hammers, having missed the previous two WSL matches due to injury. 

It was a bright start for Leicester City but as the rain began to pour, neither side seemed to be able to capitalise on their chances.   

CJ Bott looked a threat for The Foxes, but shot wide. There was an early penalty appeal by Leicester City when Natasha Flint made a good run but to no avail. 

Hammers’ first-half chances came from Viviane Asseyi, Claudia Walker and some good link-up play between Lisa Evans, Risa Shimizu and Honoka Hayashi. 

The half-time whistle blew and still, neither team had anything to show for their efforts.  

Leicester City had two big chances to open the scoring in the second half, but neither Aileen Whelan nor Carrie Jones could put it away for The Foxes. 

The game was heading for a nil-nil draw but The Hammers’ summer signing Izzy Atkinson evaded two Leicester City defenders to score her first goal for the club in the 88th minute. 

Izzy Atkinson slots home West Ham United’s late winner against Leicester City at the Chigwell Construction Stadium (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

The Foxes thought they had clawed back a draw when Ashleigh Plumptre equalised in added time, but the goal was ruled out due to a deflection from an off-side teammate. 

It wasn’t a pretty win for The Irons, but they took home the three points nonetheless. 

Speaking to Yellow Sports Danielle Ward after the match, Hammers manager Paul Konchesky said: “It was always going to be tough. It’s a team that’s been well drilled by their new manager and took us to wire. But to get a late goal, do we deserve it? Maybe not. Did we deserve to lose? Probably not – so overall obviously delighted with the three points and delighted for Izzy Atkinson who scored.” 

Yellow Sports Danielle Ward pictured speaking to West Ham United boss, Paul Konchesky

It was Leicester City manager Willie Kirk’s second game in charge and he felt they were really unlucky not to take home the win. 

Speaking to LCFC TV, he said: “We’re really disappointed because we felt we were good enough for the three points, so to come away with nothing is frustrating. We were on the front foot for most of the game, and I thought we were the better team, we had clear-cut opportunities to win it. But right now, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we must get back to it.” 

West Ham are now sixth in the table, while Leicester City remains bottom. 

Next up for the teams in the FAWSL, West Ham travels to Liverpool and Leicester City hosts Chelsea. 

Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea returned to the top of the table with their win over Tottenham Hotspur at a sold-out Stamford Bridge. Manager Emma Hayes also returned to the touchline so it was a good day all around for the Blues. 

Chelsea Head Coach, Emma Hayes returned to the dugout ahead of the Blues derby with Tottenham Hotspur (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

It was a dominant performance, with Chelsea taking the lead early with Sam Kerr opening the scoring. Erin Cuthbert doubled their lead in the 26th minute, with Guro Reiten making it 3, converting a penalty won by Lauren James shortly before the break. 

Speaking to chelseafc.com after the match, Emma Hayes said “I saw the maturity and growth in our team in the way we circulate the ball, the rotations, the patterns, the movements, the chemistry, the symmetry – the things that come together with players who have been playing together for a long time.” 

The Lilywhites struggled to get a hold of the game and their only real chance came from a shot from Drew Spence in the first half. 

But manager Rehanne Skinner knows what her team needs to do to step up this season. 

Speaking to www.tottenhamhotspur.com, she said: ”We made some mistakes and they capitalised on that and were very clinical in those moments, so I think that’s what we’re dealing with. We’ve got to cut those mistakes out to enable us to stay in games for longer.” 

Tottenham Hotspur will next travel to Reading and Chelsea face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. 

Brian Jeeves

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